A few images taken at the annual Cafe Racer Day organised by the Oxford Branch of the NOC and this year held at The Red Lion in Cassington.
Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson (The Frame Man) kindly judged and presented the prizes for Best Cafe Racer (Featherbed framed Triumph Trident engine) and Furthest Travelled Cafe Racer (Norton Atlas – Southampton).
The “winning” bike was a true masterpiece incorporating an abundance of specially designed and self made components.
Bikers turned up from many parts of the UK either to enter their bike or simply to attend. This is the 5th year the event has been held and will almost certainly take place next year at the same location.
Many thanks to Janice Bowerman-Faulkner of The Red Lion for hosting the event, members of the Cassington Sports and Social Club for manning the bbq and dispensing coffee and tea and to Stan Dibben and Ken Sprayson for gracing us with their presence, judging and presenting the prizes.
The number of attendees was down on previous years, no doubt due to the weather forecast but the 60 or so present all enjoyed the day.
15 BMRCO members turned up and thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Mark the event in your diary for September 2018.😉
Members – our next ride-out, weather permitting, will be to the “Sand and Motorcycles” annual event at leighton Buzzard on Sunday September 24th.
This has grown from a minor meet at a steam train location into a large and popular event – those that attended last year thoroughly enjoyed the day.
For more details check this link http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/static/events.html
Those interested gather at The Red Lion to leave at 10.30 am. Plenty to see and a nice ride to the event.
Questions to ride co-ordinator Mr Bob Hunter
Members – please be advised of the following event.
“For some years now the Oxford Branch of the Norton Owners Club has hosted a Café Racer Day in September – this year it is being held on Saturday September 16th 2017 at a new venue, The Red Lion pub in the middle of Cassington village (OX29 4DN). This venue is well known for its annual Bike Night to which literally thousands of bikes turn up in June. Cassington is just off the A40 Witney road, west of Oxford, east of Eynsham.
Café Racer Day officially starts at noon, and wraps up around 3 p.m with a short prize-presentation for Best Bike and Furthest Ridden café-racer. A very catholic view of what constitutes a café-racer is taken, broadly defining this as a bike with handlebars that end up below the top-yoke, but even that’s not rigidly adhered to if the rest of the bike conforms to what most view as café-racer style!!
There is no charge for entry or admission, but there will be a collection for the Thames Valley and Chilterns Air Ambulance Service or similar ‘bike-oriented’ charity. If you have a café racer your’d like to bring along, ridden or by van / trailer matters not, or if you’d just like an outing to view some lovely customised and highly individual bikes, just come along and enjoy. Come alone or with friends, bring the family, come by bike, car, pushbike, walk or use public transport, we’re easy!!
For more information, view the NOC website ‘events’ section, and the Oxford Branch page http://oxford.branches.nortonownersclub.org/cafe-racer-day-….”
Members – the following machine is up for sale…..those interested please form an orderly queue.
Engine and Frame numbers match, Thorspark electronic ignition. New carburettor and complete clutch. Gearbox re-bushed. Recent exhaust system and front tyre. New Batteries (2x 6V wired in parallel), replacement headlamp, levers, cables and rear mudguard.
Starts and runs. Needs a few tweaks here and there. Gearbox/Clutch needs adjustment. Brakes work to old British bike standard, leaks oil when stood for any length of time.
Various surplus parts and tinware included in sale.
Please contact Al W on a Monday evening – his asking price is very reasonable.
Last Saturday and Sunday saw the Great Bucks Steam and Vintage Fair held at Shabbington near Thame.
Unlike some of the other Rallies this one does not attract that many motorcycles, but none the less a few club members attended with their machines.
For the most part the weather played fair apart from a short thunder storm on Saturday which saw the rally field empty and the beer tent fill up. Of the two days Sunday had the most exhibits, cars and bikes, although not that many more.
Steam, Stationary Engines, and Commercial Vehicles as per norm but also something not so often seen a display of heavy horses complete with their carriages, carts and implements. A fairly easy going sort of affair and a pleasant ride out.
Photo show the line up of bikes and the other “real” horse power.
Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)
After a very wet Saturday and poor weather forecast for the Sunday, it was with some trepidation we set off for Founder’s Day. Would anybody turn up? Would the area be a sea of mud? In the end however we did not need to worry, after some rain on the journey up and a little more once we had arrived, happily after the gazebo was erected, the weather took a turn for the better becoming a pleasant morning and afternoon.
There was some confusion when we first arrived, as although the organisers knew we were coming they had not allocated a space. On previous occasions we had a space around the main ring, this time it seemed they were just “winging” it. Having rejected their first offering as being too small, the next was not a lot better but we took it and then promptly extended it as there was nobody next door.
All in all seven machines turned up for display, ranging from pre to post war, the van providing space as a helmet store, while the gazebo complete with table and chairs, the members rest area.
Not only the various club stands to visit, a “bikes for sale” area and a large auto jumble to peruse, were all there to enjoy. Also during the day our membership secretary took one renewal and signed up a new member.
Thanks to all those who helped to erect the gazebo, club banners etc. (and helped to take it down again after) and riders for bring their machines.
Machines present were 500 Silk, ‘29 BSA, ‘48 Royal Enfield, Norton Atlas, Pre-war new Imperial and last ( but definitely not least) a pair of Triumphs
Photos :- Ken Drinkwater.
Words :- John Lay
On Sunday July 16th Combe Mill had their beam engine in steam as well as the workshops, gardens etc open to the public.
As a special additional attraction it was also Classic Wheels Day and BMRCO had been invited to display our machines. An area had been set aside for us and by 10 O’clock some 14 machines were in attendance. A couple more machines and a 3 wheel Morgan turned up later as well, all in all a good turn out.
Members were able to inspect the engine, workshops and other exhibits and were even treated to free tea and/or coffee.
Thanks to Alan Elger for organising the invitation.
Report and images by John Lay (Chairman)
This event (run by the North Berks MMC for many years at the Horse and Harrow, West Hagbourne) has now moved to the next village, Upton.
Normally a well attended event this year’s effort turned out to be a bit of a “damp squib”. Very damp as it turned out, the non stop rain all day and evening had clearly put most people off, none the less a number of hardy souls – including a few club members – made the effort to turn up with their machines.
The outside bar and burger van probably didn’t do too well because of the lack of people, likewise the ladies in the village hall had a lot of cakes and buns left over at the end of the night. Disappointing really as profits were to go to the local ambulance.
There was plenty of room at the new venue so hopefully the event will grow into it, in future years.
The photo shows the rather modest classic/vintage bike line up, with a number of competition machines in the background. Best in show award – just visible in the centre of the line – was won by a very nice BSA Shooting Star
Report and image copyright John Lay (Chairman)
Although not primarily a motorcycle event it never the less attracted an entry of over 130 machines. Spread over 3 classes , pre-war post-war and special interest, predominately British, but with a few foreigners for good measure.
Vintage transport, steam, cars, tractors, commercial, military and of course motorcycles plus working machines, farm animals, market stalls and best of all a Beer Festival, all in all a good family day out, not far away that members might like to try next year.
The photos show the M/C line up – images and report copyright John Lay (Chairman)